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Former Hawaii state senator guilty of misconduct in Maryland

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:24 a.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. » A judge found Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold guilty of misconduct in office for using his security detail to perform political campaign activities while on the job and for making a secretary and members of his detail empty his urine catheter bag for months in 2010.

Leopold is a former Hawaii state senator, representative and Board of Education member. He also ran for governor as a Republican in 1978, losing to Democrat George Ariyoshi.

Leopold has been suspended as county executive as a result of the judge's finding. John Hammond, the county's chief administrative officer, has been named acting county executive, Leopold's office said in a statement.

Judge Dennis Sweeney, speaking in a packed courtroom at the end of a highly publicized trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, described Leopold as "predatory and cruel" for forcing his secretary to empty the bag on her hands and knees up to three times a day for nine or 10 months. He also said Leopold's actions were "simply outrageous" and an example of "overbearing arrogance."

"This continuing abusive and outrageous conduct exceeded any right that any employer either private or public would have to demand of employees who were hired to perform office or security work," the judge said.

As for the political activities, Leopold was found guilty of requiring members of his security detail to put up campaign signs as he ran for re-election in 2010 when they were on duty as police officers. Leopold also required them to pick up campaign checks and compile dossiers on political opponents.

The Anne Arundel County Council has scheduled an emergency meeting today to introduce a bill to remove Leopold from office, said Jerry Walker, chairman of the council. A public hearing and vote is expected to take place at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, Walker said. The council would need five out of seven votes to remove Leopold, a 69-year-old Republican who is in his second term as county executive.

The judge acquitted Leopold of spending $10,000 in overtime pay to use members of security detail for his benefit. Leopold also was acquitted of using some of that overtime money to conceal a personal relationship with a woman.

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eoe wrote:
A member of the hectoring, moralistic "values first" party having an affair and then abusing his government position to cover it up. Shocking.
on January 29,2013 | 10:47AM
what wrote:
Has nothing to do with party affiliation, this kind of stuff happens with people from all stripes.
on January 29,2013 | 11:18AM
control wrote:
except for the fact that his party considers moral values and family values a major part of their platform....Too bad they continue to engage in the typical double standard. THeir rules apply to everyone except themselves. They always have some kind of justification. It's called being a hypcrite.
on January 29,2013 | 12:59PM
allie wrote:
That is all phony hon..Republican leaders are all about hurting America and helping the rich
on January 29,2013 | 02:33PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I have read about the actions of Mr. Leopold, and if they are true, this man is the perfect of example of a politician that has abused his power to a high degree. It is amazing that he was able to continue to do what his was doing for so long. It is also amazing that the police officers that were charged with being his body guards continued to obey his unethical orders. These police officers should be fired. They are a disgrace to the profession. Let this be a lesson to all politicians that they are not above the law.
on January 29,2013 | 10:49AM
silvangold wrote:
Oh for SHAME! there are NO OTHER words to describe this situation..
on January 29,2013 | 11:09AM
Ripoff wrote:
on January 29,2013 | 12:50PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Liberal scum!
on January 29,2013 | 01:47PM
allie wrote:
How on earth was this man ever elected to anything out here or in Maryland? Odd
on January 29,2013 | 02:32PM
kalai wrote:
go back to ND
on January 29,2013 | 02:52PM
967972005 wrote:
allie's not from ND, from her vocabulary it's apparent she's from maryland
on January 29,2013 | 03:23PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
you forgot to add "hon", hon.
on January 29,2013 | 07:39PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You're not very observant. She's said she's from North Dakota dozens of times here. Where have you been? By the way, just what kind of "vocabulary" would a native North Dakotan use that would tip you off? Sven and Olie lilt perhaps?
on January 29,2013 | 09:20PM
islandsun wrote:
He learned it all in Hawaii. Just look at the sleazy politicians we have.
on January 29,2013 | 02:48PM
IAmSane wrote:
Wait... where all the Republican circlejerк commenters all of a sudden?
on January 29,2013 | 03:06PM
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